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Friday, May 24, 2024
Martha Jane, John Alexander, and Lois Jean Smith

Since the early 1800’s the neighbourhood known as the “McDougall Street Corridor” has been a centre of African Canadian settlement and community life. This neighbourhood which encompasses the area between Goyeau St., Windsor Ave., Mercer St. and Highland Ave. has undergone extensive redevelopment in the modern era.

Dr. Roy Perry first proposed a plan for urban redevelopment in the mid 1940’s. The plan was undertaken in earnest in the early 1960’s. Much of the neighbourhood was labeled a ‘blighted area’ and expropriated by the City of Windsor. Many

landmarks were slated for demolition. Despite community opposition many fell under the wrecking ball including the former BME Church, The Walker House Hotel, and many family homes.

Although much of this unique neighbourhood has disappeared the spirit of community remains. In 1998, a group of former residents of the “McDougall Street Corridor” canvassed current and former residentd of the area to determine the level of interest in holding a neighbourhood re-union. Since that time the African Canadian Community Centre of Windsor and Essex County has been established and has taken up the cause of preserving the memory of this special community. In addition to the annual re-union the ACCCWEC has acquired several fire insurance maps provided by CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. The ACCCWEC would like to encourage all current and former residents to complete the Feedback form and help identify homes and businesses in the area. In so doing you will be helping create a valuable record of this historic neighbourhood.

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